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How Will Obamacare Help Your Breast Health?

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With all the controversy surrounding Obamacare, it’s important to note a few things that are beneficial to women.  The one good thing about this new law, which is not going away no matter how much some people want it to, is that it is pretty friendly toward women’s health. As it should be. After all, where would the world be without us?

We are the mothers, we are the baby birthers, we are the caregivers in many cases, and we are the gentler hearts and less aggressive of the human species. Ok, ok so I guess I’m giving myself away that I’m a bit partial. After all, I am a woman!

In the past, one thing that really used to irk me was that I had to go every single month to get my low dose birth control pill, while my husband could have any prescription filled a few months at a time.

Well, one of the earlier changes was that birth control pills were allowed to be dispensed three months at a time. This greatly helps not only with the convenience factor for women and accessibility, but also it cuts down on the likelihood of an unplanned pregnancy due to not being able to get to the drugstore on time for a  refill.

With Obamacare, not only can I still fill my birth control three months at a time, but I can also get them for free. That’s right, I don’t have to pay a dime. And not only is this good for me and my personal life, but it’s also good for the healthcare system because with less unplanned pregnancies, it burdens the system less. Also, it doesn’t force women to terminate unwanted pregnancies.

Another health benefit for women and for breast health is that women are supposed to be entitled to a free physical examination every year under Obamacare. This could mean a lot of prevention in the way of female-specific cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer among others, depending on what types of screenings are covered.  So far, mammograms are supposed to be covered for women who are fifty and over. I think this is a good cutoff.

I actually personally feel that earlier than that may be unnecessary. But that’s my opinion. Plus, the less you expose your breasts to the radiation of a mammogram, the better, so the later age should be fine since women are more likely to get breast cancer during these later stages of life anyway.

Mammograms would be free of charge. So would colonoscopies, which is another major concern for people as they age, no matter what sex they are.  These could be two huge savings for both men and women.

Just the physical exam every year could help combat and prevent a number of female specific health issues.  Plus, it’s a nice way to get that yearly “education” on how you should be taking care of yourself and what types of screenings you should be keeping in mind for years to come.

So see, Obamacare definitely has some advantages. Now, we’ll see how it really affects our insurance premiums in the future if we work and have our employers pay a significant portion of our insurance premiums every year. I know that mine have been raised already through my employer. Plus I will start to be taxed on the amount my employer pays for my benefits which pretty much stinks, but I guess if it’s for the greater good, and my family somehow benefits in the long run, I’m ok with that.

 

Mammography Better for Less Dense Breast Tissue?

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We’ve talked a lot about the back and forth debate over breast mammographies and their actual benefits.  Some people avoid them because they believe they expose the already-vulnerable breast tissue to cancer causing radiation, but some women swear by having them every single year and stand by them as a great way to ensure they do not get breast cancer, or can catch it at its earliest phase and have a greater chance at recovery and total remission.

Whatever the corner it is that you are in when it comes to breast health and breast cancer screenings, it’s important to know the difference between the various options. More importantly, it’s vital that you find a good Doctor that will stand by your ultimate choice and not judge.

Thermography is an alternative to mammography, or mammogram. The mammogram is still the most readily available screening for breast cancer.  Critics don’t like it because of the exposure to x-rays, since it is essentially an x-ray of the breast tissue, to search for white areas in the breast tissue.

Because of the decreased density of a woman’s breast as she gets older, it is still thought that a mammography, or mammogram, may be the most effective screening  mechanism to detect breast cancer.  Thermographies and other alternatives may be better options for women who are younger and have denser breast tissue.

The reason I have personally not chosen to have a mammogram, even though there is a history of breast cancer in my family, is that I feel PERSONALLY that it’s not worth it to expose my breasts to this type of radiation because it’s not all that effective in younger women anyway.

I’m not quite forty years old yet, and this is still considered pretty young as far as breast tissue screenings go. Therefore a mammography may not be as effective for someone of my age as it would for a women who is in her fifties or sixties and has less density to their tissue and who also happens to be in a higher risk group to begin with.

One thing you want to do, regardless of your choices when it comes to screenings involving machines and x-rays, is to do self-screenings a lot. Whenever you are in the shower, for instance, make it a point to feel around the breast tissue and see if there is anything going on that feels out of the ordinary.

Sofia Vergara’s Machete Character One of the only Good Parts

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So we watched the second installment in the farcical movie series “Machete Kills” in which Danny Trejo reprises his over the top, retro-hip action here whose weapon of choice is the machete.  Hilarity is supposed to ensue, and the campiness of the first Machete movie was really fun.

The writing of the first one was clever, and the acting was just great – the actors really seemed to have fun with the fact that they were supposed to act melodramatic. This second one – not so much.

It was a real slog to get through the second Machete movie.  There were really no big laughs as in the first one, and it felt over done and forced.  The only good part was Sofia Vergara’s character, which she does a great job with – gun bra and all!

Sofia of course is known for her over the top persona and thick accent. She is the “hot latina” of our time, for sure, so she fit in perfectly to the latin theme of the movie.

She seemed to really enjoy the camp of the character, and I loved seeing her in a different character than her “Modern Family” character Gloria.  It was weird to see her swear though, my husband and I were both kind of weirded out  by that, plus some of the filthy stuff that came out of her mouth was shocking, but only because we love “MOFY” so much.

Sofia definitely gets to play up her biggest physical asset in the movie, much like she does in the hit show Modern Family – her larger than life boobs.  She straps on a bra that is a machine gun. Pretty fun!

But first, she throws daggers out of a dagger bra. Very fun!  We find that her character is a man hater, which is pretty funny because her character runs a brothel of hot chicks that are fight-ready at all times. I love when they throw these types of stereotypes out the window and just go for it with the obvious.

Anyway, I wouldnt’ recommend watching the movie. The first one was a ton of fun, and very original and Jeff Fahey makes a way better villain than Mel Gibson does. But it’s not Mel Gibson’s fault – it’s the writers on this one hands down.  Very disappointed. At least Sofia and her machine gun bra did not disappoint!

LOVE Christina Hendricks for Being a Busty, Beautiful and Naturally Voluptuous Woman!

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First of all, it’s almost the NEW YEAR so have fun tonight whatever you’re getting in to and be careful if you’re going out since this is one of the biggest party nights of the year.

I’ve been watching the hit AMC show about ad agency men and women in the 50’s and 60’s “Mad Men” pretty much since it started its first season on the network.  I gotta say, the show’s gotten a lot better since now they allow some swear words through (makes it more realistic) and they’ve been able to get a little more gritty and real instead of being the stiff show it was when it started.

Nonetheless, I still think it was pretty good from the start, the characters just needed to find themselves and the actors needed to get comfortable in their roles – a great recipe for a good show.

One of the characters they really fleshed out and who has really evolved over the course of the show’s seasons, is the one of Joan. Joan is played by the super talented Christina Hendricks who plays the sexual siren of an admin (she starts off as an administrative secretary but you can always tell she has real business potential) who’s curves draw stares from men and who’s ample bosom draws stares from men and envy from women. Her body type is one reminiscent of the great early screen sirens who weren’t stick figures but still were looked at as the biggest sex symbols of their time.

Women like Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, Betty Page, and other curvy celebrities really looked beautiful but were unfortunately, just like today, objectified as sex objects.  The character of Joan really seemed to own her sexuality, and when she didn’t, she eventually did end up empowering herself in the end which has made her an even more endearing character to women when she could have alienated a lot of women if she continued on some of the paths she was on. Joan is imperfect, like anyone else, but at the bottom of it all and the cool exterior, she has a really good heart and cajones of steel which makes her all that much more appealing. She doesn’t take crap from anyone!

The only times she may not have seemed to be in control, she ultimately “made her own”. Sure, she slept with a client to secure her future as a partner in the company, but she made it work and aside from some self-esteem issues on how she got what she already deserved, she did what she had to do.  Somehow, the character makes even this morally ambiguous situation turn into gold for herself. Not that she hasn’t had a lot of bumps on the way.  She tends to get mixed up with the wrong men, but that’s not the point about her character.

She’s a woman in an era on the brink of feminism so she’s a very strong woman stuck in a time that simply doesn’t respect women as much in the workplace and tends to objectify them. That’s what makes her character (and the character of Peggy) so intriguing to watch.  S

he’s got this whole dichotomy going on where she looks like a pinup model but she’s also tough as nails and has the kind of callousness that most men are perceived to have about business and about life in general.  She’s a man’s woman, but a woman’s woman all at the same time which I think makes her one of the most complicated characters on the show aside from Don Draper.

And the woman behind the character couldn’t be more down to earth. She’s very likeable and relatable in any interview you read. She’s also super talented. I’ve seen her in a couple movies and she always does a great job in those as well.  She also stands out in a world of actresses that tends to rely heavily on being too thin – “Hollywood thin”, which makes her a hero to women like me and others all over the world who have curves and like them.  Cheers to Christina’s success and cheers to other women like her in the industry for representing!

Eat Nuts for Breast Cancer Prevention, Weight Maintenance

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When dieters think of nuts, they might typically think of them as a “no no” food. That’s because nuts contain a lot of calories in a small amount of space due to their high fat content. Add the additional oils they are sometimes roasted in if they’re not raw, and the salt, and this looks even less healthy.

However, a new study released has pretty much contradicted this theory and shown that nuts are indeed a food to be included in your daily diet if at all possible. Not just for breast health and breast cancer prevention, but for heart health, weight maintenance and general heart health and longevity as well. That’s a pretty full plate of benefits for this little food!

My personal favorites are the cashew, walnut and pecan. The only problem is that I love them roasted and salted. The plain ones are ok, but man there is nothing like a good roasted, salted nut and unfortunately that means they are cooked in some sort of oil which adds more fat.  But they can still offer  a lot of nutrition too!

The latest study shows some pretty awesome evidence that nuts are a food that should be eaten every day.  People who regularly consumed nuts, every day or close to it, were less likely to die of ANY cause.

This is all proven during a long study done by Harvard that spanned about 30 years and included over a hundred thousand men and women.  Things like heart disease and cancer incidence were dramatically whittled down in this group, and their longevity was generally much more lengthy too.

People who consumed nuts on a regular basis also interestingly had a better, more steady weight and seemed to have less issues with weight and obesity than the non-nut eating group did.  This is interesting because although nuts contain healthy fats and oils, they are high in calories due to this fat content.

I guess it goes to show it’s the KIND of fat you eat that determines your health and weight, not necessarily the amount of dietary fat. Although it is worth noting that nuts should be consumed with some respect to how caloric they are, so that you don’t inadvertently gain a bunch of weight from eating too many.

With so many kids afflicted with the peanut allergy these days, it’s a shame that they might have to miss out on the obvious health benefits of nuts. While being allergic to peanuts doesn’t necessarily mean you’re allergic to all nuts, it certainly doesn’t put you in a good spot for not having reactions to nuts in general.

That being said, I think that women in particular should strive to work different types of nuts into their diet. It seems that women really benefit from these healthy fats and non-animal protein and enjoy much better breast health because of these being in their diet. Since nuts are tied to a leaner body too, this helps with preventing breast cancer because excess fat storage on the body means you likely also have excessive estrogens floating around in the blood, which translates into a higher risk of most types of breast cancer.